Boris Johnson has said he will not resign as prime minister following a Supreme Court judgement that he unlawfully misled the Queen in his advice to prorogue Parliament. In an interview with ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston he repeated that the UK will leave the European Union on October 31, despite a law ordering him to request an extension if he cannot reach a deal with the EU. He said the “timetable is very tight” to win a deal and says it is not made easier by “Parliament passing stuff that tries to take no deal off the table”. Despite the so-called Benn Bill – a law forcing him to request a Brexit extension – the PM said: “We will respect the law and we will come out on October 31.” When asked how he could both obey the law and ensure Brexit by October 31, Mr Johnson said: “If you’ll forgive me, I don’t want to tip the hand of the UK government more than Parliament has already required us to do so.”
In extraordinary scenes in the House of Commons yesterday Boris Johnson told MPs that to ensure they are “properly safe” they must deliver Brexit. A day after Supreme Court judges ruled that his suspension of parliament was unlawful, the prime minister returned to Westminster and goaded Jeremy Corbyn over his refusal to back an election. Labour members pleaded with the prime minister to moderate his language but he dismissed as “humbug” claims that his words were being cited in death threats.
Boris Johnson stepped into a vitriolic Brexit battle in the lion’s den of the Commons tonight. He squared off against Jeremy Corbyn and Remainer MPs in the wake of yesterday’s humiliating bombshell Supreme Court judgement. He touched down in the UK shortly before the Commons reopened, having cut short his trip to the UN in case the opposition immediately began to move against him. However, it seems that after the protracted court battle to get prorogation scrapped, MPs may not do not very much, at least in the short term.
BORIS JOHNSON last night dared Remainer MPs to topple him and force a “day of reckoning” at the ballot box in a defiant bid to break the Brexit gridlock. In another tempestuous day at Westminster, the Prime Minister challenged opposition parties to table a motion of no-confidence in his Government in order to trigger a general election. He also also launched a furious attack on the “paralysed Parliament” repeatedly blocking his EU divorce plans. “We will not betray the people who sent us here,” he said, adding: “We will continue to challenge parliament to uphold democracy.”
An unrepentant Boris Johnson has sparked a furious backlash after he repeated his criticism of the supreme court judgment, and rejected MPs’ pleas to moderate his “inflammatory” language as “humbug”. Addressing a rowdy and adversarial House of Commons, just hours after flying back early from New York, Johnson went on the attack, accusing Jeremy Corbyn of trying to thwart Brexit and running scared of an election. Johnson infuriated opposition MPs by dismissing fears that his use of language such as “surrender” and “betrayal” was dangerous in a heightened political climate.
Boris Johnson has put in a defiant Commons performance in the wake of his Supreme Court defeat, ignoring calls to resign and mocking Labour for failing to back a general election. But he drew anger for suggesting that the best way of honouring Jo Cox’s memory was to “get Brexit done”. The prime minister accused MPs of “political cowardice” and demanded parliament “step aside” to allow him to deliver Brexit. He attacked Jeremy Corbyn for claiming to want a general election but voting against it – as Labour’s Hilary Benn said the PM had “no mandate, no majority, no credibility”.
Boris Johnson could be jailed for contempt of court if he refuses to request an extension to the UK’s Brexit negotiations, according to a senior judge who is an uncle of Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings. Former appeal court judge Sir John Laws predicted the Supreme Court will hear a case against the prime minister within days if he fails to meet the 19 October deadline to seek an extension from Brussels. The court could issue a writ known as an “order of mandamus”, which is used to command a government entity properly to carry out a non-discretionary function.
Plans to suspend Parliament again were being drawn up by Boris Johnson last night – just one day after his first attempt was cancelled by a Supreme Court judgment. The Prime Minister told MPs he intends to press ahead with a Queen’s speech in the coming weeks in order to bring forward a new agenda of domestic policies. Mr Johnson, who brushed aside calls to apologise for his failed prorogation, said: ‘I think we need a Queen’s speech. We have a dynamic domestic agenda.’
BORIS Johnson is drawing up plans to suspend Parliament again – just days after the Supreme Court ruled his first attempt “unlawful”. The Prime Minister told MPs he intends to crack on with a Queen’s speech to bring forward new policies and end “zombie” Parliament. Downing Street confirmed a new Queen’s speech to set out a new agenda on the NHS and education would need Parliament to be prorogued.
Boris Johnson has suggested he could push for a second suspension of parliament after opposition parties flatly rejected his challenge of a no-confidence vote. The prime minister, making his first appearance before MPs since his suspension of parliament was ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court, stuck by his stance that he wants to end the current parliamentary session.
Boris Johnson could be forced to request a delay to Brexit as early as next week, after opposition parties began discussions on a new plan to block a no-deal departure from the EU. The prime minister has vowed to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October with or without a deal. But the so-called Benn Act, pushed through parliament by the ‘rebel alliance’ earlier this month, requires him to seek an extension to the Article 50 negotiation process by 19 October unless he manages to secure parliamentary support by that date for a withdrawal agreement or a no-deal outcome.
Leo Varadkar has said Ireland is open to the idea of the UK asking for a Brexit extension. The taoiseach (Irish prime minster) made the remarks while speaking in New York on Wednesday, as the House of Commons returned from its suspension. He said that any comment from Ireland on developments at Westminster would only backfire, RTE reported. Although expressing openness, he added: “I think we’re a good bit away from a request for an extension from the UK”. Mr Varadkar met Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday but said he intends to meet him again before the upcoming European Union summit.
THE British public wants Boris Johnson to get on with Brexit and take Britain out of the European Union as soon as possible – but agreed he broke the law when trying to prorogue Parliament. Boris Johnson is under huge pressure following the decision at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, which was cheered as a significant victory for Remainers. Parliament was reinstated this afternoon, with Remainers expected to do everything possible to delay Brexit by continuing to demand Mr Johnson return to the European Union and ask for another extension until at least January 31, 2020.
Parliament is “dead” and “has no moral right to sit”, the government’s top law officer said yesterday in a combative attempt to shame opposition parties into accepting a general election. Geoffrey Cox, QC, the attorney-general, said that parliament was “dead as dead can be” and “a disgrace” as he accused Jeremy Corbyn of being too cowardly to go to the polls. He shrugged off a plea by Amber Rudd, his former cabinet colleague, to stop “pitting parliament against the people”, insisting opponents of Brexit had driven him to such rhetorical lengths.
Boris Johnson accused Jeremy Corbyn of “running scared” of an election after he turned down the chance to topple the Prime Minister with a confidence vote on Thursday. In an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock, Mr Johnson gave all party leaders who “fancy a go” at getting rid of him the offer of a vote on his leadership so they could trigger an election and “finally face the day of reckoning with voters”. He was even prepared to allow Tory MPs to vote “tactically” against him to bring down the Government and guarantee an early election.
DEFIANT Boris Johnson last night tore into MPs for not trusting the people with an election to sort out Brexit – and accused Jeremy Corbyn’s “zombie” party of keeping the UK captive in the EU. In an explosive showdown the Prime Minister blasted Remainer MPs who “thumb their noses” at voters – as he threw the gauntlet down again for an election to face their “day of reckoning”. In a bold rallying cry in the Commons he blasted cowardly Corbyn for avoiding the people – and insisted Parliament would continue to try and block Brexit for as long as they could. The public don’t want another referendum and just want Britain to get on with leaving, he raged, shouting over braying MPs screaming at him to resign.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed what he called the “paralysed parliament” Wednesday evening, excoriating the members for not keeping their promise to the British people on delivering the outcome of the Brexit referendum while refusing to accept a general election to put the decision on how to proceed next to the public. Members of the House of Commons were challenged to bring the government down if they disagreed with its determination to deliver Brexit as promised Wednesday night, with the PM — freshly returned from the United Nations in New York after the UK Supreme Court ruled against his government — saying that such a vote could be brought as soon as tomorrow, Thursday.
Jeremy Corbyn faces a mass revolt by millions of Labour supporters over his refusal to agree to a snap election. A survey for the Mail found that 64 per cent of those who voted for his party in 2017 want an early poll. It also showed that most voters think ‘the Establishment’ is determined to stop Brexit. The opinion poll was carried out after the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful. The Prime Minister threw down the gauntlet to Mr Corbyn tonight by giving the Opposition the chance to table a no confidence motion in the Government, triggering an election.
REMAIN backing MPs are plotting to replace Boris Johnson with a caretaker Prime Minister in order to stop an October exit from the EU – and claimed other senior Commons figures would command a larger majority than opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. MPs returned to the Commons at 11.30am today – the first-time ministers have convened after the Supreme Court found Mr Johnson’s suspension of Parliament to be unlawful. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to comment on whether he will call a general election and act as interim Prime Minister during a speech at the party conference in Brighton on Tuesday.
Ireland has told Boris Johnson that it needs to see his proposals to solve the Irish border problem by next week, ramping up the pressure on the embattled prime minister as the clock ticks down to the 31 October exit date. Leo Varadkar threw his weight behind an unofficial deadline set by Emmanuel Macron and the EU presidency, who had said proposals need to be in by the end of the month or “it’s over”. The demand puts the UK and the EU on a collision course ahead of a make-or-break summit later in October, where Mr Johnson will meet EU27 leaders as a group for the first time.
IRISH PM Leo Varadkar has told Boris Johnson he must table a new backstop plan before the end of next week. He said Brussels needs detailed written proposals within ten days or “it’s very hard to see how we could agree something” at next month’s crunch EU summit. He insisted the current deal can’t be “amended or cobbled together late at night” when EU leaders gather for a make-or-break meeting on the 17th. After holding talks with Donald Tusk, Mr Varadkar said: “It’s essentially the way the EU works.
Boris Johnson must table written proposals within a week to fix “gaping holes” in his plans for the Irish border, the EU has said, as a former Irish taoiseach cited the IRA’s attempt to kill Margaret Thatcher as the violence he risked fuelling. EU diplomats briefed by the European commission on the latest proposals from London, including a fourth confidential paper, suggested it would take a miracle for there to be a meeting of minds before a crunch summit on 17 October. The UK’s latest paper builds on a model of checks and controls on goods entering and being traded around Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that the EU says will be a boon to smugglers, and rely on systems that do not yet exist.
Jeremy Corbyn will scrap controls on immigration and hand foreign nationals the right to vote in future elections and referendums if Labour wins power. The Labour leader will head into the next election promising to extend freedom of movement to migrants around the world, along with abolishing detention centres, under plans approved on Wednesday. Despite Mr Corbyn’s team being privately opposed to the plan, delegates at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton unanimously backed a motion which commits the party to “free movement, equality and rights for migrants”.
Labour activists yesterday voted for a huge overhaul of border controls and an end to many curbs on migration. Two years after Jeremy Corbyn campaigned on an election manifesto vowing to end freedom of movement, delegates at the party’s conference backed a move to ‘maintain and extend free movement rights’. The motion said all immigration detention centres should be scrapped – a move that could lead to the release of potentially dangerous illegals. It also said migrants should be given an unconditional right to family reunion – making it easier to bring relatives here.
LABOUR will allow unlimited freedom of movement and voting rights for EU nationals if they win an election. Lefty delegates backed the plans at the party’s conference today – but they were slammed by Tories who accused Jeremy Corbyn of allowing “dangerous” criminals to roam our streets with ease. Under the policy EU nationals would also be allowed to vote in a second Brexit referendum if Mr Corbyn gets to No10. In a Labour motion it said: “Free movement, equality and rights for migrants, are socialist values and benefit us all.”
Labour has committed to give migrants the right to vote as part of a major shift in the party’s immigration policy. It is a huge shift from the party’s 2017 manifesto which promised to end free movement of people and backed Brexit . And it shows how far Labour has moved from the “controls on immigration” pledge in the 2015 election which angered many members. Enfranchising the around 3.6m EU citizens living in the UK could make a significant difference to the result of any future referendum – which the party has pledged to support.
Labour will campaign to extend free movement to more countries and give foreign nationals living in the UK the right to vote, under plans endorsed by the party’s conference yesterday. As politicians rushed back from Brighton following the Supreme Court ruling on prorogation, party and trade union delegates pressed on with their work as Labour moves towards its most radical manifesto in decades. A motion on immigration said that Labour must at the next election vow to “campaign for free movement, equality and rights for migrants”, to “maintain and extend free movement rights” and to “extend equal rights to vote to all UK residents”.
Outgoing President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said that he regrets not interfering in Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. “We at the Commission decided not to intervene, at the request of David Cameron, and that was a big mistake,” Mr Juncker told Spanish daily El País. This is not the first time the most senior figure in the European Union has thought it was his place to meddle in Britons’ decision to leave the EU, saying in May that then-Prime Minster Cameron was wrong telling him not to “intervene” in British affairs.
State school teachers are charging their pupils for private tuition outside classroom hours in an attempt to improve exam results. A study exposes the scale of tutoring, with more than one in four secondary-aged children receiving extra help, up from less than one in five in 2005. Tutors charge about £25 an hour but rates are said to be as high as £40 in some areas. One in four secondary and one in seven primary teachers have given private lessons while holding down a day job, equivalent to about 80,000 teachers in England, according to the Sutton Trust, the educational charity.
One of the country’s worst-performing water companies warned customers of a hosepipe ban in spring as the country was being drenched. Affinity Water, which serves three regions, was fined £8 million in July for failing to meet its leaks target for two consecutive years. The company warned on Tuesday that water restrictions may be imposed due to low rainfall over the past three years. An email was sent to customers as almost a month’s rain fell in a few hours across much of the country.
WATER chiefs officially declared a drought on one of Britain’s wettest days of the year. As forecasters issued a “danger to life” warning due to flash floods, Affinity Water even threatened customers with a hosepipe ban. Homeowners who had battened down the hatches as remnants of Hurricane Humberto hit received an email telling them to reduce their shower times by one minute. It was also suggested they use a water butt to help with water wastage, despite more than a month’s rain falling in six hours. The firm supplies 3.6 million people with water.